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in abc's senior political correspondent jon karl tonight, also right there in washington. and jon, you've been digging into what's been going on behind the scenes here and you told me, you have the president and republican house speaker john boehner actually close to a deal and then what happened? >> reporter: that's right. they were both ready to at least begin talking about this big deal, but what happened is, speaker boehner faced the opposition, not only from tea party members of congress, but from his own leadership. eric cantor, the number two republican in the house, actually told him point blank that he would not support such a big deal if it included anything that could be called tax increases. and cantor said, not only will you not have his support, but he would lose many, many republicans in the house. >> and jon, it was not only eric cantor on the republican side, but nancy pelosi on the democratic side giving the president trouble. >> reporter: yeah, absolutely. and i've spoken to a lot of top democratic leaders about this. former speaker pelosi made it clear that she was
to business to break the impasse. abc's senior political correspondent, jon karl, has been on this story every step of the way. and he leads us off, once again, tonight. jon, good evening to you. >> reporter: good evening, dan. well, the house and the senate have spent the last 24 hours on a series of showboats on bills that have no chance of passing. but republican leaders say they're fully engaged with the white house. and have spoken with the president this afternoon to try to find a way to break the impasse. finally, signs of progress.. >> i'm confident and optimistic that we're going to get an agreement in the very near future and resolve this crisis. >> in spite of our differences, we're dealing with reasonable, responsible people, who want this crisis to end as quickly as possible. and i'm confident we will. >> reporter: you wouldn't know it by looking at what congress is actually doing. >> the american people are looking for a real solution. >> reporter: the house spent the day voting down the bill offered by senate democrats, even though the senate hadn't passed it yet. >> there is ab
. will this break the log jam though? let's bring in abc's jon karl for the latest. from the capitol at this moment. >> reporter: the house just approved john boehner's bill to raise the debt ceiling. it was a narrow party line vote. he won only after giving into the demands of a handful of conservatives who forced him to make changes that assured the bill's defeat in the senate. for speaker boehner, a painful victory. >> i stuck my neck out a mile to try to get an agreement with the president of the united states. i stuck my neck out a mile. a lot of people can never say yes. this house has acted. it is time for the administration and time for our colleagues across the aisle, put something on the table. tell us where you are. >> reporter: he never got that agreement with the president and instead had to put pressure on tea partiers to support his bill. hours of meetings all over the capitol to tell them to get your ass in line. late last night, one of them emerged shaken but not budging. >> how much pressure on you to change your mind on that? >> i am very pleasantly surprised that they are not tw
before midnight. jon karl is watching it all from capitol hill. the speaker says he'll try again today. >> reporter: he will. but, george, this debt ceiling crisis has become a political crisis for republicans. boehner's going to convene all 240 house republicans this morning to make 1 final push for it. but the reason he pulled the bill last night is he just couldn't get enough republicans to pass his own bill. republican leaders worked late into the night, trying to get the votes to pass their own debt ceiling bill. reporters swarmed around utah republican jason chaffetz as he emerged from a tense meeting in speaker boehner's office. he told us he's still not sure. how much pressure is there on you to change your mind on this? >> i'm very plenty surprised that they are not twisting and ripping arms off. >> reporter: the speaker said he can't do his job if you guys aren't there to support him. >> i am fully supportive of the speaker. >> reporter: this is his most important vote yet as speaker. >> i just can't support his bill. but i do support the speaker. >> reporter: but for speaker
are saying it can be done. failure to do it would lead to economic meltdown. >> jon, thank you very much. joining me to discuss the road ahead is the white house chief of staff bill daley. thank you very much for joining us. you've heard what jon said. you've seen what speaker boehner has done last night. what's your reaction to the deal being pulled right now? >> it's very unfortunate the speaker made the comments he has. the president is committtt to solving this deficit possible for the future of america. he's looking forward to the meeting to play out his case. he's saying, it is time now to make the tough decisions. in this town, generally they kick the can. nobody wants to do the tough things. he's committed to do that. he's not giving up on trying to bring economic sanity to the city and that's his goal. >> is he still committed to the mega-deal, so to speak? because this is what is floated in the last several days that speaker boehner said no longer possible. will the president continue to push for that? >> the president believes it is time to solve this problem. time to give con
question. christiane, thanks to you. and tomorrow on "this week," arizona republican senator, jon kyl, among the guests. intimately involved in those behind-the-scenes talks. >>> we turn overseas tonight and to a cry for help from one of the most desperate places on earth. hundreds of thousands of families, mothers and children, fleeing the drought in somalia. abc news is the first network to report from the scene. tonight, our lama hasan reports on the disaster in the desert. she's in kenya, at a refugee camp bursting at the seams tonight. >> reporter: they are exhausted. starving and desperate for help. >> the drought is turning one of the world's worst humanitarian crises into a human tragedy of unimaginable proportion. >> reporter: these families are carrying only what they can. their malnourished kids. they have survived an agonizing journey. little food or water, through dusty, desolate land. >> our children are dying. this one just died in my arms. >> reporter: these somali refugees have just arrived here. they've been walking for weeks get food and water. at a nearby camp, we
. >> hot pink nail polish on his toes. >> reporter: that jon stewart dubbed it toemageddon 2011. >> really? >> it's a big deal to see boys in pink because it's not the cultural convention. but it's nothing hardwired. boys are not innately aversive to pink, girls are not innately attracted to pink. >> nice to meet you. >> reporter: so along with greg we invited a few other dads whose sons have varied interests and preferences to start an open dialogue about the gender color wars. >> in a perfect world you had your choice, would you rather your son grabbing for the pink shirt or the blue shir >> i'd want him to go to the one he was drawn to. >> i follow my child's lead. because it's not really the point of what i like, it's the point what was my child likes. >> i prefer my child to choose blue. but if he wants to choose the pink shirt over the blue shirt, that's up to him. >> i think the reason parents are uncomfortable with putting boys in pink is frankly they think, it will make him gay. we're all -- people are still homophobic although i think it's chang
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